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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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She waited four decades, but she finally has her seat

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Event for all south end zone seat holders is July 18


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GREEN BAY—As she sat down in the Lambeau Field seats she waited nearly 40 years to acquire, the smile on Irene Larson’s face looked like it might never go away.

“Wow,” was the first word that came out. “Just amazing. Awesome, as the young people would say.”

Larson was getting a sneak peek from her seats in the new south end zone in Section 732, Row 10. All of the new south end zone seat holders are invited to a “Meet Your Seat” event on Thursday, July 18, and she’s pretty sure they’ll like what they see.

Larson certainly had no complaints now that the long wait was over. She and her husband, Lars, put their names on the season-ticket waiting list after they moved to Green Bay in the mid-1970s.

She doesn’t know where she stood on the waiting list back then, but she still has the postcard from 1996 – two years after her husband died and the year the Packers would win Super Bowl XXXI – that placed her 5,137th in line.

By last year, she had moved up to the 1,022nd spot and figured she had a good chance to get season tickets with the pending stadium expansion, which has added roughly 7,000 seats at Lambeau. When she got the letter over the winter confirming her suspicions, she didn’t wait long to grab the phone.

“I was thrilled and I couldn’t wait to tell the children,” she said. “We got seats!”

Those children – two sons and a daughter in their early 40s – and her six grandchildren ranging in age from 2-16 will all share in the family’s four seats, numbered 13-16 at the end of the row.

Larson said she had opportunities in the past for “Gold” package tickets but is happy she held out for the larger “Green” package, which includes six of the eight regular-season home games.

“I’m just so glad to see it in my lifetime,” she said. “I’m 71 and I hope to make it 20 more years.”

Larson has spent the last 20-plus years working concessions at Lambeau for the Green Bay Area Exchange Club. Among its many causes, the organization seeks to prevent child abuse and recognize outstanding youth in the community.

Prior to that, Larson attended several games when she and her husband were able to acquire tickets through friends and other connections. They traveled from their previous home, in Wausau, Wis., to see Paul Hornung play in the 1960s and then endured the dry spell of the ’70s and ’80s as Green Bay residents.

“Back then,” she said, referring to the glory years under Vince Lombardi, “I remember dressing up for the games. Women wore coats and hats and boots. In the ’80s, we got practical, at least in the winter months.”

A devoted fan, she even tailgated in an otherwise empty Lambeau parking lot. She was part of a large group that fired up their grills on Sunday mornings during the 1982 players’ strike when no games were being played.

“All our friends were such die-hard Packers fans, and we were so disappointed the strike was on,” she said.

But disappointment was the furthest thing from her mind as she trekked to where she plans to watch the Packers face, among other foes, the NFC North’s Bears on Monday, Nov. 4, and Vikings on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The division rivalries are the games she’s looking forward to the most.

Having sat in the regular bowl before, Larson was also quick to notice the seat backs, armrests, cup holders and leg room that come with her new seats.

“We won’t need seat cushions anymore, and we won’t be concerned about having enough room,” she said.

Most important, the concern about when her wait will end was gone, too.

“The neat thing is that most season-ticket holders keep it in the family. Nobody gives them up,” she said. “That’s what we’ll do, too. From my 16-year-old granddaughter down to my 2-year-old granddaughter, I think they’ll want to keep them.”

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